With the many possible conditions of a playing field, it is important to assess where your specific field is in the overall state of its life cycle and assess the reasons why it is in its current condition now.

This determination requires evaluating how the field was constructed—including its base and drainage systems and the turf product used—then completing an on-site field evaluation which would include a review of the type and number of events held on the field. This evaluation can be relatively straight forward and simple to complete. Our experience has shown that the assessment should include the following test criteria:

  • The planarity of the field and observed surface imperfections.
  • G-max/HIC test data during the lifespan of the field.
  • Seam and inlay integrity of the turf product, including at all transitions from turf to the adjacent surfaces.
  • The quality of any past turf repairs.
  • The level and quality of the existing infill materials compared to the initial installation and design specifications.
  • General visual condition of the turf, including fiber evaluation (i.e., are fibers showing complete splitting, “hair splitting” or fracturing?)
  • Average length of fiber loss to date due to wear and tear. Field traffic, grooming or other action may affect the fibers over a period of time. Compare the current measured pile heights versus pile height when the product was new. The projected length of fiber remaining at the end of the warranty period is based on a projection of the average annual wear.
  • Drainage issues: Identify known or observed signs of drainage issues such as areas that pond or that are known be slow in draining after a rain event. Staff with knowledge of the field should be interviewed to understand the history of the field’s drainage efficiency.
  • Field permeability.
  • Environmental testing of turf materials. 

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